Russell Westbrook Breaks Multiple Triple Double RecordsBy Connor Lynch
Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook recorded an historic triple-double in a 132 -124 win over the Pacers on Monday.
Russell Westbrook finished the game with 35 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 21 assists. In doing so, he overtook Darrell Walker for the most triple doubles in Washington franchise history.
It was his 16th triple double with the Wizards in 38 games. Darrell Walker took 283 games to get the same amount. The last Wizards player to have a 20 point, 20 assist triple double was Rod Strickland in 1998.
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With his 162nd career triple double, Russell Westbrook became just the third player in history to have a 30 point, 10 rebound and 20 assist performance. The last players to do it were Oscar Robertson in 1961 and Magic Johnson in 1988.
“He does things that I’ve never seen,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
”He’s a winner, man. He fights. He’s not perfect, and a lot of times the geniuses want to look at the things that he doesn’t do well. But sometimes they forget about the other things that he does well.”
“I don’t deserve the credit, honestly,” Westbrook said.
“I always give credit to the man above for blessing me with the ability to play, and along those lines, I have so many great coaches and teammates that make my job easy and help me out. Assists don’t happen. I can’t make the shots.”